Now that it has become a patriotic notion, exploring island Lakshadweep has to be on the top of your bucket list. Not us but the honourable Prime Minister of India approves of it. Yes, in a post by the PM he mentioned, “For those who wish to embrace the adventure in, Lakshadweep has to be on your list”, with some vacation pictures he can be seen exploring snorkelling and the underwater life.
The southwest coast island comprises 36 recursive islands, collectively they boasts bespoke sandy turquoise beaches, flora and fauna. The serene island is a vision to behold in every essence that you would like to explore it. So, ready, let's take a rundown on things to do in lakshwadeep, for you to plan a trip sooner.
How to reach Lakshadweep island
Lakshadweep Island can be reached by ships and planes departing from Kochi. Kochi is the entry point to Lakshadweep for tourists. From Kochi, Agatti and Bangaram islands are reachable by air. Flights from Kochi are operated by Indian Airlines.
Between Kochi and Lakshadweep islands, seven passenger ships sail — MV Arabian Sea,
MV Lagoon, MV Amindivi, MV Kavaratti, MV Minicoy, MV Lakshadweep Sea, and MV Corals. Just like railways these ships have three different accommodations — push back/bunk class with A/C seats, A/C Second Class with four berth cabins, and A/C First Class with two berth cabins. Depending on the island selected, the voyage takes between 14 and 18 hours.
Do you need a passport to visit Lakshadweep?
Ideally as per the official website of Lakshadweep tourism there is no requirement of a passport for Indians to visit the island but there is a prior permission that is required. This is to protect the interest of Scheduled Tribes that live on the island. These tribes comprise around 95 per cent of Lakshadweep's total population.
The online entry permission form should be completed and sent to the administrator in accordance with the guidelines provided by the 1967 Restriction on Entry and Residence Rule. There is a INR 50 application fee for this form. The Indian visitor's permit applicant must possess a Police Clearance Certificate issued by the Commissioner of Police in their home area. The applicant must also provide three passport-sized photos and a self-attested photocopy of the ID card.
Places to visit and things to do in Lakshadweep island
Stretched 10.6 kms in the wide landscape of the Union territory, Minicoy is one among the largest lagoons in Lakshadweep. The favourite spot for tuna fishing the island comprises a mesmerising lighthouse built by the Britishers. One can set on an adventure with water activities like scuba diving, boat racing at Jahadhoni underwater shipwrecks and snorkelling at this island. Also they have many tours and travel packages where Minicoy is a part of Coral Reef and Swaying Palm packages.
The island is well-known for its traditional folk dance – the Lava performed during festive occasions. For those who prefer to take a spiritual stroll, Juma Mosque can be a divine experience.
Agatti Island, a true jewel in the Lakshadweep archipelago. Picture yourself on immaculate beaches with ivory sands gently caressed by crystalline waters. For the discerning traveller seeking a luxurious escape, Agatti offers exclusive resorts where opulent comforts meet the natural splendour of the surroundings. Dive into the coral gardens, explore the vibrant marine life, and allow the ethereal beauty of Agatti to captivate your senses.
Next on our odyssey is Kadmat Island, an unspoiled paradise where time seems to stand still. Kadmat is the epitome of sophistication blended with tranquillity. Immerse yourself in the luxurious solitude of overwater bungalows, where every sunrise and sunset is a spectacle of refined beauty. The pristine beaches and turquoise lagoons make Kadmat an idyllic destination for those who seek exclusivity and serenity in equal measure.
As we sail through the archipelago, our course leads us to Kavaratti, home to the intriguing Marine Museum. This cultural gem showcases the rich maritime heritage of Lakshadweep, providing a glimpse into the traditions and history of the islands. Wander through the exhibits featuring exquisite artefacts and immerse yourself in the captivating tales of seafaring communities that have shaped the island's identity.
Our quest for luxury takes us to the secluded Bangaram Island, an unspoiled haven where luxury meets nature in perfect harmony. Indulge in the lavish comforts of boutique resorts nestled amid lush greenery and pristine beaches. The exclusive appeal of Bangaram lies in its seclusion, offering a retreat for those who seek solace in the lap of luxury, surrounded by the untamed beauty of the Lakshadweep archipelago.
For a moment of peaceful respite, we set our compass towards Amini Beach. Far from the bustling crowds, Amini beckons with its tranquil shores and azure waters. Stroll along the secluded coastline, enjoy the gentle sea breeze, and savour the luxury of solitude in this hidden gem. Amini Beach is a testament to the understated elegance that defines the essence of Lakshadweep's allure.
Our voyage concludes on the shores of Andrott Island, where time seems to move at its own unhurried pace. Andrott exudes a timeless charm, with historic sites and cultural landmarks that speak of the island's rich heritage. Explore ancient mosques, witness traditional craftsmanship, and immerse yourself in the authentic beauty that defines Andrott, leaving an indelible mark on the discerning traveller.